Thursday, January 06, 2005


Eli Lilly's Secret

Will 2005 be the year Big Pharmacy tarnished it's reputation irreparably? Recently, we've seen the downfall of some big names: Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra. Even Aleve users have been issued a warning by the FDA. Now we know--as some have suggested all along (I first read about it in one of Russ Kick's anthologies years ago)--that Prozac, star performer of the pharmaceutical world, ups your risk of suicide by 1200% versus other anti-depressants.

Now, that's bad enough. But it gets worse. It turns out that Eli Lilly, Prozac's manufacturer, has known this for 15 years and lied about it. They've even gone so far as to deny the link in court after the family of a gunman sued them. This is in fact, how the documents that have just surfaced were obtained.

This is the worst sort of greed, and it has a familiar precedent: Big Tobacco. They vigorously denied the link of any health dangers caused by their products for decades. All the while knowing they were sending users to early graves. Eli Lilly and others are behaving in no less a manner, and their products are still on the shelves and in your neighbor's medicine cabinet.

I think it's time for an American tradition I'm not usually anxious to prescribe: lawsuits. From reading I've done on this topic in the past, there are some truly bizarre and brutal suicides and acts of violence, grossly atypical with the person who committed them, that occurred shortly after Prozac therapy. Eli Lilly, like Phillip Morris before them, has knowingly endangered and harmed the public to line their pockets. That doesn't just seem seems evil.

The question is, where will this end? What other dark secrets are waiting to be unveiled? Is the modern drug trade just a house of cards staggering at the breath of inquiry? I don't know. But something has to change. The system as it is, with corporate flacks in the FDA, with "independent" scientists being paid to fudge peer-reviewed journal research, is broken. What can we do to repair it?

See also: Psychiatrist: Company Hid Prozac, Suicide Link
{links via Mrs. Metropol}

don't expect eli lilly to be paying any money out to victims any time soon...When George Bush the Senior became vice president, he still owned Eli Lilly stock. It was his most valuable stock holding.Dan Quayle's family owns an enormous amount of Eli Lilly stock (or the used to,at least, not sure if they still do). When Bush left the CIA in 1977 he was made the director of Eli Lilly(appointed by Dan Quayle's father), a post he held until 1979 when he began running for vice president. You can be sure there was a large campaign contribution. While Vice President, bush made what the New York Times called an Unusual Move when he "intervened with the Treasury Dept in March in connection with proposed rules that would have forced pharmaceutical companies to pay signifigantly more taxes"(NY Times,May 19,1982) from the book "Ain't nobody's business If You Do" by Peter McWilliams
I wasn't aware of that, but then...I'm not too surprised either. Still, how many corrupt outfits can this administration and its allies be involved in? Someone should start a "Six Degrees of Seperation...from evil!", the George Bush edition.
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